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Driver Tip: WHQL Testing

We frequently get asked about installing drivers that have not passed Windows Logo Testing. People wonder whether it is safe or not.

Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) is a Microsoft procedure for certifying that the hardware for peripherals and other components are compatible with Microsoft Windows operating systems. WHQL provides test kits to third-party developers so that they can test their product's compatibility. Products that are submitted to and meet the tests at Microsoft are allowed to display the Microsoft Windows logo on their marketing materials and are included in Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). In most cases, the drivers have been rigorously tested by the driver manufacturers using the same test procedures that a WHQL qualified driver requires. These drivers pass all of the important categories, including those that measure the relative stability of the driver.

So the answer is Yes, in most instances it is safe to install these drivers on your computer.

» Perform a driver scan now!




BIOS Tip: State After Power Fail

We get asked a lot of questions about what each setting in the BIOS does. Every so often we will review a setting in this space and explain what the setting does. In this issue we are going to discuss the setting State After Power Fail.

The setting State After Power Fail deals with the state of your system after the system loses power. In some systems it may be called Power On After Power Fail. In that case the setting is self explanatory. If you set Power On After Power Fail to YES, then when power resumes the system will power on. If you set it to NO, then the system will remain off when power resumes.

However with State After Power Fail, you will have several options.

The first option is a setting called Stay Off. This setting, when selected, will keep your computer off when the power is restored.

The second option is a setting called Last State. This setting, when selected, will put your system in the state it was in when power was lost.

The third option is a setting called Power On. This setting, when selected, will turn the system on when power is restored.

If you have a setting that you would like explained in a future newsletter, please let us know.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!




Registry Tip: Add Defragment to the Right-Click Menu for a Drive

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell

Create a new key under this section by right-clicking shell and selecting New and the choose Key. Name the new key runas and then right click on DEFAULT and select Modify. Set the default value to Defragment.

Now select the runas key, right-click it, and create a new key. This key will be named command and will have a default value of defrag %1 –v.

Now if you open up Windows Explorer and right-click a drive, you will see Defragment in the menu.

» Perform a registry scan now!



Question and Answer
I recently read that using the same password or similar passwords for different on-line accounts can be a security risk. The problem is I belong to many different websites and have several different email addresses. I have a hard time coming up with new passwords and I don’t want to use the same password for every site. Can you suggest anything that will help me create new passwords and manage all of them?
- Ronnie M., Uniondale, NY
As a matter of fact, we can. There is a great tool call StickyPassword. StickyPassword is a password generator that creates strong passwords, and gives you automated login and one click form filling. All you need to remember is your Master Password and Sticky Password remembers your passwords and logins for all your websites. Their password generator creates strong, secure passwords and stores them for you. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting your passwords anymore. The Secure Memos feature adds even more secure storage options. Your personal privacy will be protected against identity theft and you'll stay safe online as you take advantage of the convenient password management and form filling functionality. You can find this great tool at www.stickypassword.com.

I use IE8, and some pages load very slow. They load faster with other browsers. Someone told me that there is something I can do to make pages load faster with IE8. Can you help?
- Sandy T., Portland, OR
All that you have to do is re-register a dll file.

Run command prompt with administrator rights (Just right click cmd in Start and click Run as administrator) and type

regsvr32 actxprxy.dll

You should see a message that says DllRegisterServer in actxprxy.dll succeeded.

Restart your system and you should find a difference in the browsing speed of IE8.

My operating system is Windows 7 Professional. I heard that there are hidden games within the operating system. What can I do so that those games are not hidden?
- Jim S., Dayton, OH
Windows 7 comes with a bunch of cool default games. Games like chess, mahjong titans are in 3D. These games are missing in Windows 7 Professional and they are not installed by default. To enable these games:

Go to Start –> Control Panel –> Programs.

Click Turn windows features on or off.

Check the Games folder. You may also selectively choose the games you want. Click ok.

It might take a while to install these new services and then you should be able to view the games under start menu from Windows 7.

To uninstall, just go back and uncheck the games folder and click ok.

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Quote of the Month
"They have computers, and they may have other weapons of mass destruction."

- Janet Reno

Sites of the Month

Fun Sites
InventorSpot
Interesting Inventions, Innovations and Ideas From Around The World For The Inventor In All Of Us.

Techie Sites
Loads.in
Your website might open up quickly in your own browser, but how do you find out its loading time in other countries? By using this site, you can find out the answer. Loads In is a simple web service that lets you test the loading speed of websites from over 50 locations worldwide.

Stat of the Month

Hard Disk Drive Market Share in 2010
(Percentage of Global
Unit Shimpents)


Source:
IHS iSuppli Research
April 2011

Vocab Test

Warchalking

Marking outdoor surfaces like sidewalks, brick walls and signposts with chalk marks to indicate a wireless network is available at that location.

Browser Add-On

Firefox Sync

Firefox Sync is an add-on that lets you synchronize your bookmarks, history, passwords and open tabs with another copy of Firefox – like one on another computer or on a mobile phone.


Windows 7 Gadget

Control System With Clock

With this Control System With Clock you can control standby, shutdown, restart, logoff or hibernate your Computer from your Windows Sidebar.

  Twitter Tips

When tweeting about a popular subject, make sure to place a # sign in front of the subject name. This makes it easy for other users on Twitter to find your tweet.

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